Best of Cuba Itinerary

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    • QUSH
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $1,775
      CAD $1,795
      AUD $1,870
      EUR €1,260
      GBP £1,120
      NZD $2,215
      ZAR R17,020
      CHF FR1,550
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    • Explorer, German Bilingual
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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Best of Cuba.
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Day 1 Havana

Set to the soundtrack and backdrop of the 1950s, tumbledown Havana is a capital unlike any other. Surrender to the charms of a city where local life – essentially live music, laneway baseball games and impromptu fiestas – is played out on the streets. Be sure to try a Coppelia ice cream (the lines are worth it), and don't miss a stroll along the Malecon at sunset.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 2 Cienfuegos

Journey to Cienfuegos, known locally as the 'Pearl of the South'. Stop by Palacio del Valle – the architectural pride of Cienfuegos – and soak up the town's laidback air.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1

Days 3-5 Trinidad

Home to many Spanish-style churches and fascinating museums, Trinidad is also the gateway to the Valle de los Ingenios. Sugar cane plantations sprawl across the landscape and Playa Ancon is close by – there'll be plenty of opportunity for relaxing on its long, unspoilt beaches. Make an optional visit to a folklore dance and music show to see mambo, cha-cha and rumba intertwined with Afro-Cuban religious ceremonies.
ACCOM: Homestay - 3

Day 6 Camaguey

There is a lot of fun to be had simply getting lost among the winding cobblestone streets of Camaguey – and get lost you will. Make a visit to the busy farmers’ market or simply find a cafe to plonk yourself down, order a coffee and savour the city views.
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Days 7-8 Santiago de Cuba

Fast paced Santiago de Cuba played a pivotal role in the Cuban revolution – it was from here that Castro declared its success – but the city is also known for its musical legacy. Set between the indomitable Sierra Maestra and the azure Caribbean, this city's historical centre and colonial architecture retain a timeworn air ideal for photographers. After a day of sightseeing, dance the night away to sexy Latin rhythms in the birthplace of the salsa.
ACCOM: Homestay - 2

Days 9-11 Baracoa

Travel to beautiful Baracoa. Climb over the old forts – built to withstand pirate raids – or explore the region's mountains and black sand beaches. In town, seek out the torcedores to witness cigar rolling in action. Pick up some basic Spanish during an informal Spanish lesson; these new-found linguistic skills are sure to come in handy during the following day's salsa lesson.
ACCOM: Homestay - 3

Days 12-15 Havana

Back in the Cuban capital, enjoy an orientation walk around the historic quarter of Old Havana before toasting the end of this Cuban adventure with a farewell Cuba libre (or two).
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